CSIRO goes to Hollywood

The movie 'Arachnophobia' includes some Australian eight-legged stars. The CSIRO Division of Entomology provided advice when the producers were looking for spiders large and menacing enough to scuttle, lurk and generally provide inspiration for leading actor Jeff Daniels's fear of spiders. Keeping company in the movie with South American bird-eating spiders is Delena cancerides, a common and quite harmless Australian huntsman.

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